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Crime rising in San Diego: What's the latest in the trend?

The number of crime incidents in San Diego saw an overall increase last week, for the second week in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 573 for the week of May 13, up from 465 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and assault. Theft rose to 221 incidents last week, from 165 the week before. Assault went from 73 to 89. Reports of theft have continued to grow for the last two weeks.

There were 53 reported vandalism incidents last week. That represents an increase from 47 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of robbery went from 16 to 15.

There were 143 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 19 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 141 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 124 reported arrests the week before.

As far as where crime is concentrated in the city, East Village, Pacific Beach and North Park had the most reported incidents last week. East Village and Pacific Beach were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Pacific Beach saw the largest increase. Crime reports in East Village also rose for a second week, and incidents in North Park are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday had the most crime incidents last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Sunday and Friday, while incidents on Monday went down. Comparing times of day, evening, after midnight and late afternoon saw the most crime last week.

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